Get More Math, a division of Front Porch, provides $1,600 scholarships to cover books and fees for all Tuolumne County qualified graduating seniors attending Columbia Junior College (tuition is covered separately through the Promise Scholarship). By covering the cost of schooling, we hope to enable you to focus more on your studies and less on how to pay bills. We wish you the best as you launch out on this exciting stage of life.
- Complete your high school’s standard scholarship application. (If you do not attend a public high school in Tuolumne County, please download the application form at frontporch.com/scholarship.)
- Have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA (please provide your transcript).
- Submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and list Columbia College on the FAFSA application. (Apply at FAFSA.gov; the Columbia College Federal School Code is 007707.)
- Authorize Columbia College to release academic transcripts, education plan information and financial aid status to the Sonora Area Foundation. All information will be held in confidence and will be used to verify scholarship award requirements and ongoing compliance.
- Intend either to earn an AA or to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree.
- Enroll in Columbia Junior College and maintain an average of 15 units per semester.
- Write an essay of 250-400 words discussing what you have learned about yourself during the COVID crisis.
The application deadline is 5 p.m. on March 17. Please give completed applications to your high school administrator or, for homeschool students, scan and email applications to Simone Oakes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does this work with the Promise Scholarship?
The Promise Scholarship covers the tuition expenses for local high school students attending Columbia Junior College. The Get More Math scholarship will give you $400 per semester to cover costs for books and other study materials. If a student does not qualify for a Get More Math scholarship the first year but earns at least a 3.0 GPA while at Columbia and takes at least 15 units per semester, they can qualify for the Get More Math scholarship for the second year.
Can I still apply for other scholarships?
Yes! We recommend that students apply for every pertinent scholarship and grant. If your total scholarship amount exceeds your expenses at Columbia, you can save the extra and apply it to your subsequent studies when you transfer to a four-year college.
Are AP college credit classes included in the 15-unit-per-semester calculation?
Yes, any college credit you may have already earned is included in the 15-unit calculation.
If I fall behind on the 15-unit semester average, how can I catch up?
If applicable summer school courses are available, we encourage students to take the class(es) so that they can meet the ongoing scholarship requirements.
When are the payments made?
$400 will be paid each semester after the student demonstrates ongoing compliance with the scholarship requirements.